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Get to know the Keynote Speakers at SAP SAPPHIRENOW 2017

One of the highlights of attending the SAP SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference is attending the keynotes. Keynotes in the General Session Theater are the headline addresses where SAP and ASUG executives and their guests offer their vision of the future and unveil exciting new announcements and breakthrough innovations. These major keynotes take place in the largest theater on the show floor and are scheduled to last for 1.5 hours.

Here are a few of the highlights for this year:

Bill McDermott, SAP CEO - The Urgency of Doing – Tuesday, May 16 - 9:00 a.m. ET SAP CEO Bill McDermott highlights the forces of change driving businesses in the global digital economy. He will present SAP’s innovation agenda and highlight the defining growth opportunities of the next two decades.

Bert & John Jacobs, Co-founders of Life is Good - Tuesday, May 16 – 4:30 p.m. ET Keynote speakers Bert and John Jacobs are co-founders of Life is Good®, spreading the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work.

Brothers Bert and John launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of Boston. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers across the U.S. and Canada. John, the CCO (Chief Creative Optimist) of Life Is Good, wrote and illustrated his first (poorly spelled) book at the age of five. He’s been writing and drawing ever since, graduating from the University of Massachusetts with dual degrees in English and Art. Bert, the CEO (Chief Executive Optimist), worked as a ski instructor and pizza delivery guy in Vail, CO before teaming up with his brother, John, to design and sell T-shirts in college dorms up and down the East Coast. After five years traveling in their van together, the brothers officially launched Life is Good with the mission to spread the power of optimism.

Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP SE - Wednesday, May 17 – 9:00 a.m. ET With SAP S/4HANA as the status quo for daily business and the core for digital transformation, enterprises are ready for the next step. In his keynote, Professor Hasso Plattner shows how SAP has built next-generation intelligent applications that understand and learn from business data and processes, as well as the human beings who use them. As a consequence, intelligent applications are now able to assess business situations automatically, point out required actions, and propose solutions to problems, all making decisions easier for the user. Agile collaboration with smart digital assistants provides new insights to accelerate business actions. Reducing time-consuming and tedious tasks increases business efficiency and enables everyone to focus on what’s important. Are you ready to take the next big leap into the intelligent future of business? Then attend this keynote to understand how intelligent applications can best support your business.

Derek Jeter, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Best Selling Author and former New York Yankees Captain - Thursday, May 18 – 9:00 a.m. ET By the time he stepped away from baseball in 2014 after a historic 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter had established himself as one of the most respected men to ever have played the game. A five-time World Series champion and member of baseball’s exclusive 3,000-hit club, Jeter earned numerous accolades in recognition of both his on-field skill and his commitment to the community, including: World Series MVP (2000); 14-time MLB All-Star; 5-time Gold Glove Award; 5-time Silver Slugger Award; AL Rookie of the Year (1996); Roberto Clemente Award (2009); and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award (2009). His reputation is that of an unmatched leader both on and off the field; his name is synonymous with hard work, dedication and class. In retirement, Jeter now focuses on a variety of successful business ventures and entrepreneurial investments. Most recently, he helped launch The Players’ Tribune, an innovative multimedia company where world-class athletes share their honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love. In November 2013, Jeter and Simon & Schuster announced the Jeter Publishing imprint, which includes both adult and children’s books verticals. The first booked released, The Contract, debuted at #2 on The New York Times Children’s Middle Grade Best Seller list. In October 2014, a full-color photo book called Jeter Unfiltered was released, providing fans an in-depth look at his life through never-before-published images taken over the course of his final season. He also serves as Partner and Brand Development Officer of Luvo, a transformational lifestyle food brand where he is involved in product development, brand awareness and strategic partnerships.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, CEO Kobe Inc. - Thursday, May 18 – 9:00 a.m. ET In 2006, he launched the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation to improve the lives of young people though access to sports, mentorship and economic empowerment. In 2009, Bryant partnered with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation to create the Kobe China Fund dedicated to the welfare and education of youth in China. Since 2007, Bryant hosts the Kobe Academy camp to teach children fundamental basketball skills and life lessons to be successful.

Through his investment entity, Bryant has invested in several entrepreneurial companies who share in his vision to build athletic excellence. Most notably, Bryant has invested in Body Armor sports drink and the Players Tribune media platform.

To start building his post-basketball career, Bryant formed Kobe Inc. in 2013. Kobe Inc. is a multi-media content creation company focused on helping athletes learn the process of excellence and maximizing potential. Kobe Inc.’s first project, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, debuted on Showtime in February 2015 and in China in August 2015 via a partnership with the Alibaba Group. Bryant executive produced the first-of-its kind documentary, which earned a Clio Award in May 2015. Other athletes have now adopted the Muse documentary format as the gold standard for storytelling. Kobe Inc. is headquartered in Newport Beach, CA.

Are you going to SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017? Visit us along with our partners, PCM, CoreALM and Abreon on the show floor at Booth #1027. And stop by our exclusive SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 After Party at the Icebar Orlando on Tuesday, May 16. RSVP today...


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